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DNA Study Finds Subway's "Chicken" Only Half Chicken

Disturbing, but far from surprising news has come to light about the “chicken” used in Subway sandwiches. As reported on Fox News, a new study revealed that what they refer to as chicken contains only 50 percent chicken DNA. This was even lower quality than the chicken used by fast food rivals McDonalds and Wendy’s, which also fell short of the near 100 percent purity threshold found in chicken obtained from a butcher or at the grocery store. 

Trent University in Canada was responsible for this study of Subway’s mysterious faux-chicken. They ascertained that soy filler was one reason that the purity was at such a low level but this alone did not explain the high level of adulteration. 

Subway was quick to condemn the veracity of the study. In response to the complaints, they appear to be positioning themselves to make a specific supplier the scapegoat. There is an ethical option available. They should fall on their sword and concede that what they market as chicken is actually a highly processed Frankenfood.

Subway has been in the news before for suspect ingredients. In 2014, it was revealed that sandwiches they advertise as “healthy” contained azodicarbonamide in the bread. This dubious ingredient, more commonly associated with yoga mats, was foisted on the U.S. market alone and removed after public outcry. 

Even if Subway addresses this pseudo-chicken fraud, do not be fooled into thinking what they are selling can EVER be incorporated into a healthy diet. The sheer number of unpronounceable ingredients that make up a Subway sandwich are staggering. Seemingly simple sandwich components are manufactured from numerous synthetic ingredients and artificial fillers.

Subway does not make much effort to hide that highly processed meats are the foundation of their sandwiches. These mystery meats are laden with preservatives, colorings, artificial flavors and nitrates. It is unconscionable that they market their sandwiches as a healthy and fresh option.  

If you insist on eating a sub sandwich, make one at home using wholesome vegetables and sustainably raised meats. I don’t recommend eating bread, but if you must, it should contain only four or five ingredients — not the close to 50 found in Subway’s 9-Grain Wheat. 

It is hard to believe that fast food restaurants still attract customers in an era when cutting edge dietary information is at the tip of your fingers.  To help you get started on a healthier diet, I suggest following my free nutrition plan. It starts at the beginner phase and systematically guides you step-by-step to the advanced level. The first step is to avoid processed foods and consume only nourishing whole foods.

Preparing your own food may sound time consuming but the health benefits are immense. The convenience and price of processed food is entirely illusory. You can either pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.